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Trump foes lobby electors for different outcome

Melinda Smyser, one of Idaho’s four presidential electors, poses for a portrait in Boise Thursday. Grassroots campaigns around the country are trying to persuade members of the Electoral College to vote against Donald Trump and deny him the 270 votes he needs to assume the presidency. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)
Melinda Smyser, one of Idaho’s four presidential electors, poses for a portrait in Boise Thursday. Grassroots campaigns around the country are trying to persuade members of the Electoral College to vote against Donald Trump and deny him the 270 votes he needs to assume the presidency. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)

Grassroots campaigns have sprung up around the country to try to persuade members of the Electoral College to do something that has never been done in American history – deny the presidency to the clear Election Day winner.

Activists are circulating online petitions and using social media in hopes of influencing Republican electors to cast their ballots for someone other than President-elect Donald Trump and deprive him of the 270 Electoral College votes needed to become the next occupant of the White House.

“Yes, I think it’s a longshot, but I also think we’re living in strange times,” said Daniel Brezenoff, who created a petition in favor of Hillary Clinton and is asking signers to lobby electors by email or phone. “If it was ever plausible, it’s this year”/Kimberlee Kruesi & Bill Barrow, AP. More here.




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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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